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Banning the sale of the confederate flag from family-friendly fairs and festivals is an issue of decency — not freedom of speech.

“A lot of people use the phrase ‘we can never forget,’ and it’s because World War II taught us so many lessons. It’s about how Allied forces came together. If we didn’t work with our partners around the world, we would not have won that war. I think that’s a really important lesson that reso…

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Battle of Normandy and the beginning of the liberation of Europe. The D-Day invasion changed the course of World War II and world history. It turned the tide against Hitler and the Nazi forces and sparked real hope across occupied France and the…

State Rep. John Patterson is nothing if not an optimist. It is a trait to admire as Patterson and his colleague Rep. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, prepare to make a final, furious push to get their massive and massively important school reform bill into the state’s two-year budget by the June 30 deadline. 

The Star Beacon is looking for community members who are interested in being involved in spirited debate and helping the newspaper shape our editorial voice as part of the editorial board.

“As one veteran friend has said, ‘For those who fought for it, freedom is a taste that the protected will never know.’ With deepest emotion today, we still witness our flag and hear our National Anthem and know their sacrifices were not in vain. We are the beneficiaries of their last great m…

In the fight to end the practice of gerrymandered-legislative districts, both for Ohio General Assembly seats and congressional districts, state lawmakers have generally gotten on board in the last few years — though both times it was clear they’d have been begrudgingly dragged along anyway …

Today, across Ashtabula County and the entire country, people will gather to honor the greatest sacrifice a veteran can make for their country — to lay down their life in service of the nation. 

As we send the members of Ashtabula County’s class of 2019 off into the next phase of their personal adventures, there are many pieces of advice we could offer. In most cases, however, experience is the best teacher, and we have faith this year’s group of seniors will go on to have a long li…

Just before the Memorial Day holiday — often seen as the official start of summer — we were unfortunately reminded of the dangers of Lake Erie. On Saturday, a pair of boaters was reported missing after they did not return to Geneva State Park before dark. An overturned boat was spotted by he…

There is no reason for sex crimes to have statutes of limitations — particularly if the victim was a minor at the time of the offense. In Ohio, the statute is 25 years from the time the offense was committed, or within 25 years after a person turns 18 in the case of minors. That was increase…

There are few things as frustrating or frightening as being sick and having multiple doctors be unable to diagnose what is wrong. It is one of the things that makes Lyme disease — known as the “great imitator” — so devastating. Lyme diseases mimics other conditions and diseases, and the test…

Even with 1,500 jobs on the table, including the 192 Ashtabula County residents employed by the Perry Nuclear Power Plant, an Ohio General Assembly plan to bailout the state’s two nuclear plants is going to be a tough sell to citizens. 

The women who had a role in shaping the people we are today all offer their strength. It can be strength of character by instilling important values and life lessons. It might be strength of will, sacrificing their own needs to provide for their families and people they love. It is often the…

“Response from the public has been overwhelming and positive, and we could not be more encouraged. I’m grateful to be in a position to give back and have a positive impact on my hometown. When we first conceived of this project, I wanted it to be transformative, and I believe we’ve accomplis…

Tuesday’s election is low-key compared to the 2018 midterm election that saw voters select an Ohio governor, a U.S. Senator and representative, a statehouse representative and an Ashtabula County auditor and commissioner, among others. Overall, voter turnout in Ashtabula County was 53 percen…

“I tried to choose jobs that they do not hear of every day. ... I think they are interested in things they actually see and experience. Many of these careers the students would not consider because of the environment they are growing up in.” — Kristen Fagnilli, who organized Career Day at Su…

Prom season in Ashtabula County is fully upon us. Five county schools will have their big day this weekend — Grand Valley, Jefferson, Geneva, Edgewood and Conneaut. For most students it is a celebration of a successful school year that is nearing a close, and for others it is a last hurrah w…

The most recent population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau for Ashtabula County show why it is so important to get an accurate count of everyone living in the county — including those whose citizenship might be in doubt.

The 448-page Mueller report released this month tells us many things. It is important we take time to review the hard lessons learned over a two-year period that cost millions of dollars and thousands of man hours. But the report is a beginning, not an ending.

“Mr. Palm kind of went into this position that he didn’t know much about. In my time with the program, I won multiple awards and I don’t think I could have done it without Mr. Palm as an advisor. He’s done a really good job.” — Virginia Grier, a senior at Jefferson High School who is the sec…

Spring cleaning is a time for renewal, clearing out the cobwebs and cleaning out the closets — and the garage. It’s also a time to come together as a community to help better our neighborhoods.

In the 20 years since Columbine everything has changed — and at the same time nothing has.

“Robert Mueller did the report for the American people. Barr works for the American people too, but he seems to think that he only works for Trump and that Mueller works for only him. He’s shown himself to be a complete political hack and it’s disappointing he’s our current attorney general.…

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Obituaries

DAYTON [ndash] Marikay Grace Cable passed away June 12, 2019. Beloved daughter to Geneva (Lynn) Orr and Marvin Lee Orr Sr. of Kettering, OH. Donations may be made in Marikay's name to the Humane Society of Dayton.

Lawrence "Larry" Chapman, Jr., age 93 , of Geneva, passed away on June 14, 2019 at Geneva Village. Born on October 23, 1925 in Painesville, the son of Lawrence G. & Marvel (Young) Chapman. A salesman at Amerigas, in Ashtabula. A member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Geneva. Larry enjoy…